27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
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Great Basin National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Keystone
— 1 night
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Maquoketa
— 1 night
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Piscataway
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Joshua Tree National Park
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South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip maker site.

Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 44°F. You will leave for Great Basin National Park on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Great Basin National Park

— 2 nights
Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Stella Lake and then explore the activities along Teresa Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): hike along Baker Lake Trail, admire all the interesting features of Mather Overlook, and then hike along Alpine Lakes Loop.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Great Basin National Park day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from South Lake Tahoe to Great Basin National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You've now added Midway Geyser Basin to your itinerary. Get outdoors at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Monument Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, take in the natural beauty of Aurum Geyser, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chinese Spring ( Chinaman Spring).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Great Basin National Park to Yellowstone National Park with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Great Basin National Park to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Great Basin National Park in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial as well as Breezy Point Picnic Area. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Brule and then get engrossed in the history at South Dakota State Railroad Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Keystone travel planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Keystone reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Maquoketa.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Maquoketa

— 1 night
Maquoketa is a city in Jackson county in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Jackson County Historical Museum and then gain insight at Hurstville Interpretive Center.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Maquoketa online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Maquoketa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Keystone in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Maquoketa, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Piscataway.

Things to do in Maquoketa

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Piscataway

— 3 nights
Piscataway is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. Get outdoors at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and Watchung Reservation. Get a sense of the local culture at Melovino Meadery and Kirkpatrick Chapel. Step out of Piscataway with an excursion to Paddle Boating and Picnic Pavilion in West Orange--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Trailside Nature & Science Center, walk around Johnson Park, take an in-depth tour of Cornelius Low House, and identify plant and animal life at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Piscataway travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Maquoketa to Piscataway with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Piscataway when traveling from Maquoketa in August, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Piscataway

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Get some cultural insight at Alexandria National Cemetery and National Museum of African Art. Discover out-of-the-way places like U.S. National Arboretum and Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Anderson House, expand your understanding of the military at Marine Barracks Washington, 8th and I, admire the striking features of DAR Museum, and browse the exhibits of President Lincoln's Cottage.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Washington DC itinerary planner.

You can drive from Piscataway to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Washington DC are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Charleston.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Gibbes Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, then sample the fine beverages at Charleston Distilling Company, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Holy City Brewing, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Westbrook Brewing Co. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Sullivan's Island Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally learn about winemaking at Mira Winery Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room.

Before you visit Charleston, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Charleston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In August in Charleston, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to New Orleans.

Things to do in Charleston

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Our Sacred Stories and then identify plant and animal life at Old River Road Plantation Adventure.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip planning site.

Fly from Charleston to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charleston to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charleston in August, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 82°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 1 night
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 69°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 26th (Thu), cruise along Box Canyon Road, explore the fascinating landscape at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, and then take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 101°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.